Pressure Cooker Stew Beef, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Olives, Onions, and Peppers (Serves 2-3)
I brought home tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers from the farm recently. I added stew beef from the freezer and onions and olives from the pantry and made a delicious meal in less than an hour with my pressure cooker.
Prep and cook time: 35-45 minutes
1 sweet yellow onion
1 pound of stew beef (mine was grass fed)
3 or 4 tomatoes
2 or 3 small eggplant
2 or 3 fresh peppers (mine were a mild variety)
1 can of black olives
Red chili powder
Directions: Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to pressure cooker over medium heat. Peel and chop onion into bite-size pieces, add to pot, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dust generously with salt and garlic powder. Cut stew beef into smaller pieces if yours is bigger than 1 inch thick chunks. Add stew beef and a generous dusting of salt, garlic powder, red chili powder, and black pepper. Cut 3 or 4 fresh tomatoes into bite-size pieces and add to pot. Cut 2 or 3 small eggplant into bite-size pieces and add to pot. Cut 2 or 3 mild peppers into bite-size pieces and add to pot. Add a dusting of salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir ingredients together and taste for seasonings. Add whatever is needed. Lock top on pressure cooker. Increase heat to high. After achieving high pressure (may take 5-10 minutes), reduce heat to the lowest level consistent with maintaining high pressure. Cook under high pressure for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, allow pressure to come down naturally (about 10 minutes), and remove top. Transfer food to a bowl with a ladle and enjoy!
Notes: The guideline I use to pressure cook beef is 12-15 minutes per inch of thickness. My meat was about 1 inch thick, so I cooked it 15 minutes. The result was medium to medium-well doneness.
Cows raised on grass are healthier than cows raised on corn and soybeans. The resulting meat is lower in fat and higher in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Grass fed beef is increasingly available directly from ranchers. I bought the beef in this story at the Alpharetta Farmers Market from Bobby and Jennifer deGraan of deGraan Farms in Calhoun, Georgia.
I love my Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top Pressure Cooker 7.4-Quart that I ordered from Amazon.com (check it out in my “Store.”) After reading a bunch of pressure cooker reviews, I decided to spend a little extra to get the one the New York Times described as the Mercedes-Benz of pressure cookers. Kuhn Rikon is a Swiss company. Pressure cookers are so popular in Switzerland that the average household has three!
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